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Top 5 ways to clean with vinegar
Organic Housekeepers loves vinegar. It’s our favorite natural cleaning product. We use it to dust, wipe glass and to polish fixtures. Here are 5 other ways to clean with vinegar.

Organic Housekeepers uses vinegar to dust, wipe glass and polish fixtures

Vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses), according to Annie Bond, author of "Clean and Green." Unlike bleach, vinegar kills the nasties without creating the super-bug.

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1. Laundry booster
Add ¼ cup vinegar to a load of laundry, along with your regular detergent, to brighten whites and colors. Vinegar also acts as a fabric softener and inhibits mold and fungus growth. It kills athlete’s foot germs on socks, too.

2. Brass buster
Combine equal parts lemon juice and vinegar to create a brass and copper cleaner. Wipe it on with a rag and then polish with a soft dry cloth.

3. Drain maintenance
Keep drains clean by pouring in ½ cup baking soda, followed by ½ cup vinegar. In about 10 minutes, run hot water down the drain. Keep drains odor-free by pouring ½ cup vinegar down them once a week.

4. Glue be gone
Any old glue, from something light like leftover price tags to the super-duper hold-it-all glues, can be scraped away easily if first soaked in vinegar.

5. Wave odors bye-bye
Clean and freshen the microwave by boiling water and vinegar in it. Mix ¼ cup vinegar and 1 cup water in small bowl and then heat it in the microwave for 5 minutes. This will remove lingering odors and soften baked on food spatters.



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